Dodge recalls 9,688 Charger police cars for overheating issues

Two separate overheating issues mean nearly 10,000 Charger police cars will temporarily be out of service.

Chrysler's plan of claiming a large chunk of the police car market previously held by the Ford Crown Victoria has hit a slight bump, with the automaker forced to recall 9,688 Dodge Charger Pursuit models due to two separate overheating issues.

The first problem lies with the low-beam headlight bulb harness connector, which can overheat and cause the low-beams to dim or not turn on. Also prone to overheating is the power distribution fuse for the electronic stability control and the anti-lock braking system; if it gets too toasty, the fuse can leave the car to pursue perps without ABS or stability control situation.

The affected Charger Pursuits are model year 2011-12 units built from July 5, 2010 to December 20, 2011.

Chrysler will notify owners beginning next month, and dealers will replace the headlight jumper harness and relocate the ESC/ABS fuse free of charge.